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Tabitha Jackson Exiting Post as Sundance Fest Director

The Sundance Institute has announced that film festival director Tabitha Jackson will be stepping down after two years at the post. Jackson will depart as the director of the Sundance Film Festival and public programming following the upcoming Sundance Film Festival: London. Today’s announcement was made by Sundance Institute CEO Joana Vicente, who will be […]

Hollywood Disability Rights Groups Call on Cannes to Increase Accessibility

Filmmaker disability rights organizations are calling out the Cannes Film Festival for its inaccessibility, including the lack of a way to clearly access the Grand Lumiere theater without using the iconic red steps. 1IN4 and FWD-Doc, which count Entertainment 360’s Eryn Brown and Crip Camp director Jim LeBrecht among the co-founders, work to increase equity […]

Kino Lorber Lands North American Rights to Sundance Doc ‘Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power’ (Exclusive)

Kino Lorber has landed the North American rights to the Sundance documentary Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power, which scrutinizes the “male gaze” and visual objectification of women in film. Brainwashed, which debuted in the Park City fest’s Premieres section and later screened at the Berlin Film Festival, argues that many of cinema history’s most iconic and acclaimed films […]

Magnolia Pictures Lands North American Rights to Sundance Doc ‘Riotsville, USA’ (Exclusive)

Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American rights to the Sundance documentary Riotsville, USA, which uses a model town constructed by the U.S. military as a lens by which to examine the militarization of law enforcement. The doc, which world premiered at Sundance in the NEXT category and is currently playing at Film at Lincoln […]

Lena Dunham’s ‘Sharp Stick’ Goes to Utopia

The Lena Dunham-directed feature Sharp Stick has landed at Utopia in the U.S. Kristine Froseth stars in the movie, Dunham’s first in over a decade, as a sensitive and naive 26-year-old living on the fringes of Hollywood with her disillusioned mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and influencer sister (Taylour Paige). Working as a caregiver and just […]

Sundance Dealmaking Adjusts to Indie Film Market in Limbo

While the Sundance Film Festival officially ended on Jan. 30, the market is still far from over for buyers and sellers. “We’re still in the middle of Sundance as far as I am concerned,” laughs ICM Partners’ Jessica Lacy. The 2022 Sundance saw a possible market correction. It was the first fest in several years […]

‘Speak No Evil’ (‘Gæsterne’): Film Review | Sundance 2022

Danish director Christian Tafdrup puts a family through hell when they make friends with the wrong folks on vacation in this Netherlands nightmare.

Sundance: ‘I Didn’t See You There’ Director on Documenting Disability

“I didn’t know if it was going to make sense, but I just couldn’t stop filming it,” remembers filmmaker Reid Davenport of a circus tent that was erected outside of his Oakland apartment. But Davenport kept the camera rolling on the circus tent, using it as a jumping-off point for what would become his feature […]

The Hollywood Reporter Critics Pick the 20 Best Films of Sundance 2022

A Spanish revenge thriller, Lena Dunham's latest polarizer, a sex comedy starring Emma Thompson, and documentaries about a fallen TV icon, French volcanologists and a Korean immigrant's wrongful conviction were among THR critics' faves from the (virtual) fest.

Sundance: Netflix, Obamas’ Higher Ground Land Doc ‘Descendant’

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Sundance documentary Descendant, which tells the story of the last known ship to bring slaves to America. Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s Netflix-based Higher Ground is set to release the film in partnership with the streamer. The Participant feature from director Margaret Brown screened in the U.S. […]

Sundance: ‘Nanny’ and ‘The Exiles’ Take Top Prizes at 2022 Fest

Nanny has won the U.S. grand jury award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Other films taking the virtual fest’s top prizes include The Exiles, Navalny, Cha Cha Real Smooth, Utama and All That Breathes. From director-screenwriter Nikyatu Jusu, Nanny stars Anna Diop as Aisha, a Senegalese woman working as a nanny for an Upper […]

Tacos, Tequila and Chocolate Cake: How Sundance Talent Celebrated Online Film Premieres in Real Life

For auteurs and actors with films selected for Sundance, a festival premiere can be a life-changing event, complete with standing ovations, bidding wars and snow-drenched afterparties. Because this year’s fest went online again due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Park City hoopla slipped away. But not completely. Some filmmakers took matters into their own […]